I present my last two months in electronic communications. You know about some already, but you might need a recap.
email from chief pilot: Training and PPC rides mid-Month.
cc:ed email from owner to examiner: List of pilots, licence numbers and certifications to be tested.
email from owner: Rides are cancelled so the airplane can do urgent work.
email from chief pilot: The work the training was cancelled for has been itself cancelled so training is rescheduled for Monday.
email from chief pilot: The work is on again, so the training will probably start on Saturday.
email from chief pilot: The autopilot might not be working right. I'll fly out and test it on Monday and let you know.
email from chief pilot:The work has been delayed for weather.
pilot's Facebook status: Finally! I'm going flying!
same pilot comments on own status, three hours later: I didn't go flying after all. Just sat on the ramp for three hours while clients tried to get their equipment to work.
email from chief pilot: I shouldn't have got out of bed this morning. The examiner is stuck on a company rotation in northern Canada, the customer equipment is standing by waiting for a technician and a part, and the plane that was to be the backup just had an ambiguous oil analysis.
I left some things out. My chief pilot is awesome at keeping us up to date. Some companies think it looks them look more professional or in control if they don't tell you anything until it's certain. It makes pilots nervous about what kind of Machiavellian plotting is going on, and doesn't really fool them into thinking their company controls the weather.